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Technological Gaps and Economic Barriers, can Funding save it all?

by NAJYA ASSEGAF | 14 August 2021, 16:38 WIB | AL JAZEERA | UNICEF

Since the first committee session that took place on the 13th of August 2021, the UNICEF committee has frequently discussed the issue of funding. Though money can solve many issues, can it solve the technological gap and economic barrier for the low-income countries and communities? If yes, where is it coming from?

James Bays

Al Jazeera

14th of August 2021,

The UNICEF committee session continues and the discussion has been focused on the same repetitive things; funding, mental health awareness, and educational quality. Though in this session, the committee seems to be stuck on the issue of technological gaps and economic barriers, the discussion has been leaning towards simply providing funding without knowing where specifically the funding is going and where it is coming from. Though what we do know, is the solutions that are currently being formulated which is most likely where the funding is going.

In the current committee session, the delegates of developing countries like Burundi and Bangladesh have brought up concerns for underdeveloped countries, looking for a short-term solution. Solutions that have arisen include; using a blimp that provides internet access in rural areas, utilizing the Learning Passport platform which already exists, distributing USB-like systems which include all the learning supplies needed, and a take-home work pack for students in rural areas.

Image taken by: Jason Schreiber which shows the Cell Tower Blimp by the company Altaeros

While these solutions may be effective, the delegates tend to overlook the fact that most of the short-term solutions that are sustainable require the use of technology either way. The need for digital literacy had been a topic that was brought up by the delegate of Italy.

The delegate of Italy has brought up a solution that includes a program that supervises and teaches students and teachers to efficiently use technology, yet this solution has not been further discussed nor has it been brought up again.

Overall, the council seems to be carried by the wave of technology and has yet to find a firm solution that can support all children and give equal access to education. On top of that, the council has yet to mention where the funding for all of these solutions are coming from, all the talk has been about the needs of funding but not where it’s coming from.

The Working Paper is currently in the making, there are currently two blocs which are led by Qatar and the United States. Neither of the Working Papers has yet to be introduced in the committee sessions.

Keep updated to see their Working Paper and Draft Resolutions.

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